Papers: Reds' Euro blow
Vidic Euro woe for United
Manchester United have been dealt a huge Champions League blow, with Nemanja Vidic out of their last-16 clash with Inter Milan. Vidic was given a straight red card for elbowing Claudio Bieler as United beat Liga de Quito 1-0 to win the Club World Cup in Japan. United boss Alex Ferguson said: “When you do that in front of the referee you give yourself no chance. He was right to show the red card.” The subsequent ban will only affect the Champions League, with a definite one-match ban and more likely two as it was violent conduct. - Neil Custis, The Sun
Sticking with the Champions League, The Sun
runs Jose Mourinho's comments on Cristiano Ronaldo
as the 'mind games' begin for the Reds' clash with Inter. Jose is quoted thus, "When I think how a player should be, names like Kaka, Ibrahimovic and Messi come to mind. Ronaldo is a good player but he is certainly not the best."
Elsewhere in Milan, ex-United midfielder David Beckham
was introduced to the fans at AC - but the crowd's failure to be excited by their loan signing was "embarrassing" (The Sun)
Positive coverage of United's success in the Club World Cup includes a front-page photo in The Times
and plenty of stories on Wayne Rooney
's status as player of the tournament and his desire to push on for domestic honours.